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Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

Cars for Kids

Charla Whalen-Mueller (right), External Affairs Specialist Toyota Bodine, presents keys to the 2013 Hybrid Toyota Camry to Martin Hanley, director, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center.

Thanks to a donation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Toyota Bodine Aluminum, students in the Automotive Services class at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center will be able to utilize a  2013 Camry Hybrid in their classroom to gain extensive knowledge of automotive parts and their application.

After a fire destroyed Pike-Lincoln Technical Center in 2011, the faculty and students at the school found themselves without a classroom and much of the shop equipment utilized in their specialized training area.

“Toyota Bodine Aluminum recognizes the importance of the Automotive Services classes offered at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center. We are proud to partner with Toyota Georgetown to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow by giving them the latest technology to work on,” said Wes Woods, Bodine Aluminum general manager.

The state-of-the-art donated vehicle is a production trial vehicle built in Toyota’s Georgetown Kentucky manufacturing facility.

At Toyota, a certain number of trial vehicles are produced for each new model year.
They are used to test the fit and function of the more than 3,000 parts that make up a typical vehicle.

As such, they cannot be licensed or titled, but are made available to technical schools, fire and rescue departments, and other organizations for educational purposes rather than being scrapped or disposed of by the manufacturing plant.

“The Automotive Services program students at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center are very excited to receive a new Toyota Hybrid for training.  This donation will provide students with training opportunities that were not previously available.  PLTC needs new equipment to keep up with an ever-changing automotive industry.  I would like to extend heartfelt thanks on behalf of my class to Toyota and Bodine Aluminum for helping us in our quest to educate technicians for tomorrow, said Les Harding, Auto Service Instructor.”

Toyota Bodine Aluminum was established in 1912 and became a part of the Toyota family in 1990.

Bodine employs more than 1400 team members across the three Bodine plants in Troy, MO; St. Louis, MO; and Jackson, TN.

Bodine Aluminum produces the cylinder heads and blocks for all engines made in North America.